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May 18, 2022

Moraine Valley Nursing Using Virtual Reality, Upgraded Simulators

Moraine Valley nursing program implements virtual reality and upgraded simulators in classes at Palos Hills and Blue Island campuses.

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PALOS HILLS, IL — As technology progresses, the nursing program at Moraine Valley Community College is following suit, having completed its first cohort using virtual reality in class and purchasing high fidelity simulators.

Last month, nursing classes at the main campus in Palos Hills and at the Education Center at Blue Island used 25 Oculus headsets and specific software to simulate being in a hospital and treating a patient. With the headset on, students walk into a virtual hospital room, talk to a patient who responds and relays symptoms, and the students must decide on treatment. Sometimes the patient becomes unstable, and students need to call the doctor or help the patient recover. They even can look at charts and X-rays as if they were really in the room with a patient.

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